Hamilton to celebrate Ghana’s 59th Independence Day
Hamilton, ON –On Saturday, March 5th from 1pm-5pm, Ghanaian-Canadians, local dignitaries and Hamiltonians will gather at All Nations Full Gospel Church at 1209 Main Street East to celebrate 59 years of Ghanaian independence with the Ghana Association of Hamilton. 
Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger will join a number of special guests, including Matthew Green, city councillor, President of the Haitian Association of Hamilton, Dr. Alexandre Dauphin President of the Rawandan Association of Hamilton, Jean Gacinya executive director of EMpower Strategy Group, Evelyn Myrie, and local community leaders and to recognize Ghanaian self-governance and growth for 59 years in the West-African country, formerly known as the Gold Coast.
“Ghana’s independence is an important part of African and world history,” said Collins Kyere, vice-president of the Ghana Association of Hamilton.  “In Hamilton, there are hundreds of Ghanaians living and working in our great city.  However, I’m not sure that many people truly understand the massive impact that Ghana’s independence has had on the entire world. On Saturday, we will celebrate Ghana and its rich culture and history.  Everyone is welcome.”
The day will include a welcome address by the mayor and other dignitaries, entertainment by Hamiltonians of Ghanaian decent, traditional games, food and an opportunity to mix and mingle.
As the first Sub-Saharan African nation to gain full independence from colonial rule in 1957 in a peaceful and amicable manner, Ghana’s Independence Day opened the doors for dozens of other African countries to become sovereign nations in their own right.  Ghana’s independence is celebrated by people all over the world and is a symbol of progress and healing after hundreds of years of British rule and slavery.
In the days before Independence Day in 1957 human rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. told Richard Nixon, the President of the USA at the time, “I want you to come visit us down in Alabama where we are seeking the same kind of freedom the Gold Coast is celebrating”.
For more information contact:
Comfort Afari
Ghana Association of Hamilton
(905) 516-8410
Emily Bolyea-Kyere
Special Events
Ghana Association of Hamilton
(905) 515.5035
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